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10/14 Waiting for Theo, Day 3

The Red Sox apparently want a prospect or two from the Cubs as compensation for Theo Epstein. The two teams continued negotiations Friday over a package to free Epstein from the final year of his contract in Boston and allow him to take over baseball operations in Chicago.

Is Epstein worth Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ highly touted outfield prospect who was the No. 1 pick in 2009? Or do the Red Sox want Matt Szczur, another top Minor Leaguer?

The Cubs and Epstein have reportedly agreed in principle on a five-year deal, believed to be worth $15 million to $18.5 million. But because Epstein has one year remaining on his contract, the Cubs must compensate the Red Sox, and the value was expected to depend on the number of staffers Epstein would take with him to Chicago.

In recent years, when two of Epstein’s co-workers left, they were each allowed to take two Red Sox staffers with them. Josh Byrnes went to the Diamondbacks in 2005, and took two people, including Peter Woodfork, then director of baseball operations. In 2009, Jed Hoyer was able to take scouting director Jason McLeod and Sam Ray, now assistant to the scouting director, when Hoyer went to the Padres.

In 2002, the Red Sox offered Billy Beane the GM job and were prepared to deal Double-A third baseman Kevin Youkilis to the Athletics as compensation. But Beane opted to stay in Oakland. Last month, the White Sox received two of the Marlins’ top five prospects in exchange for letting Ozzie Guillen out of his contract to manage the Florida team.

The Cubs would not comment on the GM search, and the Red Sox declined to comment on Epstein’s status.

The Cubs have been looking for a new GM since Aug. 19 when chairman Tom Ricketts dismissed Jim Hendry. An announcement could come early next week. Major League Baseball discourages teams from making announcements during the World Series, which begins Wednesday.

Ricketts was handling the negotiations with Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino, and discussing the targeted players with Cubs interim GM Randy Bush, player development director Oneri Fleita, and scouting director Tim Wilken.

The Cubs farm system was depleted earlier this year when the team acquired Matt Garza from the Rays in exchange for five players, including Chris Archer, Brandon Guyer and Hak-Ju Lee. Jackson, 23, was playing for Team USA now after batting .297 at Triple-A Iowa; Szczur, 22, batted .260 at Class A Daytona. The top pitching prospects include Trey McNutt, 22, who is pitching in the Arizona Fall League now, and Jeff Beliveau, 24, who posted a 1.89 ERA in 41 games at Double-A Tennessee.

— Carrie Muskat

10/14 AFL update

Josh Vitters was 1-for-4 with an RBI in Mesa’s 6-3 win over Peoria in Arizona Fall League play on Thursday. Trey McNutt started, and gave up two runs — one earned — on two hits and three walks over two innings. On Friday, Mesa plays host to Surprise at HoHoKam Park.

— Carrie Muskat

10/4 AFL gets underway

The Arizona Fall League gets underway on Tuesday with the Cubs prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in Phoenix against the Desert Dogs. This is the AFL’s 20th season. Marcus Hatley, who pitched at Class A Peoria, high A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee this season, is slated to pitch in relief for the Mesa team. The Cubs’ Chris Carpenter is scheduled to throw Wednesday when the Solar Sox play at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Andrew Cashner was to pitch Thursday, and Trey Mc Nutt was to start Friday. Other Cubs on the Mesa roster include third baseman/outfielder Josh Vitters, infielder Junior Lake and infielder DJ LeMahieu.

— Carrie Muskat 

9/18 Smokies win over Mobile

Nelson Perez homered in the eighth inning to spark a three-run rally and lead Tennessee to a 4-2 win over Mobile Saturday in Game 3 of the Southern League Championship Series.  With the win, the Smokies keep their playoff hopes alive, as Mobile now leads the best-of-five series 2-1.

Mobile took a quick 2-0 lead but Nate Samson hit a RBI double to close to 2-1.  In the eighth, Perez led off with a solo homer to tie the game. Jim Adduci and Blake Lalli both walked, and Rebel Ridling ripped an RBI single to go ahead, 3-2. An error allowed pinch runner David Macias to score, extending the lead to 4-2. Jeff Beliveau (1-0) got the win and Rafael Dolis picked up the save.

Game 4 will be played Sunday at Smokies Park. Trey McNutt is slated to start for Tennesse against Mobile right-hander Trevor Bauer.

— Carrie Muskat

9/11 Cubs Minor League report

Tennessee won its third straight Southern League North Division Championship with a 7-2 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday. The win completed a sweep, and gave the Smokies a berth in the Southern League Championship Series, expected to begin Wednesday. Trey McNutt earned the win, giving up two runs on seven hits over five innings. Rebel Ridling drove in four runs, including a two-run triple in the first and a two-run single in the fourth. Jae-Hoon Ha turned a double play to end the bottom of the sixth as he made a running catch on a fly ball by Travis Denker then doubled up Jake Lemmerman at first to end the inning. Ha also made another highlight reel grab to end the eighth, stealing a base hit away from Brian Cavazos-Galvez. The Smokies will play the winner of the South Division Championship Series (either Mobile or Birmingham).

* The Daytona Cubs are one win away from their first Florida State League title in three years. The D-Cubs beat St. Lucie, 10-4, on Saturday to win Game 2 of the best-of-five series. Justin Bour had two hits, including a three-run homer. Five Cubs had multiple hits, and Matt Szczur finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Frank Del Valle threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out eight. Jake Optiz also homered.

* For Michael Brenly, Sept. 11, 2001, was a day he’ll never forget. He was 15 then and the bat boy for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who were playing the Yankees in the World Series. His dad, Bob Brenly, now the Cubs TV analyst, was the D-Backs manager. Father and son went to Ground Zero when the team was in New York for the Series. Michael took off his plastic hard hat and asked some of the volunteers there to sign it. The family still has the hat, mounted on the wall of their Arizona home.

“That was a life-changing day,” Michael told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “For us to get to go down there so quickly after that happened, I would say it was something that no one wanted to see, but it was something I cherished the opportunity to see. Going into it, I was a little skeptical, because I knew it would be a lot of emotion. But I’m very happy that I did it. I wouldn’t trade that experience, getting to meet them.

“They were digging through fire and smoke to give those families any kind of hope that they could,” said Michael, now a catcher for the Daytona team. “Those guys are real heroes, giving their time and their effort and long days without their families.”

— Carrie Muskat


9/12 McNutt stars in Cubs system

Trey McNutt came through for Double-A Tennessee Saturday night in Game 3 of the best-of-five Southern League playoffs. McNutt gave up one run on four hits over five innings in the Smokies’ 9-2 win. It was only his fourth start for the Double-A team. He began the year at Class A Peoria and was 6-0 with a 1.51 ERA in 13 games. Moved up to high Class A Daytona, he went 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in nine games. In four starts with the Smokies in the regular season, McNutt was 0-1 with a 5.74 ERA. He gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings in his first start with the Smokies. For the season, the right-hander, who was a 32nd round pick in 2009, finished with a 2.48 ERA combined for the season.

The Smokies lead the best-of-five series 2-1, and meet Sunday.

— Carrie Muskat 

9/11 Smokies take 2-1 lead with win

Double-A Tennessee took a 2-1 lead in the best of five series against West Tenn with a 9-2 win Saturday night in the Southern League playoffs. Tony Campana got things started with an inside the park leadoff home run. Blake Lalli hit a two-run single in the fourth and Russ Canzler belted a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth. Matthew Spencer followed Canzler with a solo shot to open a 9-1 lead. Starter Trey McNutt struck out six and gave up one run on four hits over five innings.

— Carrie Muskat

8/19 Minor matters

Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up four runs on 10 hits over six innings in Iowa’s 4-2 loss to Sacramento on Wednesday. Jeff Gray made his 16th relief appearance and gave up two hits in two innings. Jonathon Mota hit his first home run in his second game with the Iowa Cubs.

Chris Carpenter gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings in Tennessee’s 7-6, 10-inning loss to Mississippi. It was Carpenter’s ninth quality start. Brandon Guyer had two hits, including his 12th home run, and two RBIs.

Trey McNutt gave up one hit over six scoreless innings in Daytona’s 9-3 win over Dunedin. MCNutt struck out six and is now 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA. DJ LeMahieu had three hits and scored three runs. Ryan Flaherty hit his ninth homer.

Nelson Perez hit his ninth homer to help Peoria beat Burlington, 5-2. Nicholas Struck picked up the win in relief, striking out nine in five innings.

Austin Kirk gave up one run on four hits over five innings in Boise’s 4-1 win over Everett. Ryan Cuneo, Jeff Vigurs and Richard Jones each homered.

— Carrie Muskat

8/7 Minor matters

Marquez Smith hit two home runs, including an inside the park homer, to lead Iowa to an 11-6  victory over Tacoma on Friday. Brad Snyder, Bryan LaHair and Micah Hoffpauir also homered for the Iowa Cubs. Smith’s inside the park homer was the first by an Iowa player since 1998. Jay Jackson gave up five runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings for the win. The game was played in front of 13,206 at Principal Park in Des Moines.

Rafael Dolis gave up one run on six hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 6-1 win over Montgomery. Brandon Guyer hit a double and drove in one run, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

Trey McNutt threw six shutout innings in Daytona’s 3-2 win over Jupiter. McNutt gave up three hits and struck out seven. Rebel Ridling hit his 11th homer, breaking a 2-2 tie in the eighth with the solo shot. He finished with three hits and two RBIs.

Jae-Hoon Ha hit his fifth home run to help Peoria beat Wisconsin, 3-1. Ha’s blast was a three-run shot in the sixth. He finished with two hits. Nicholas Struck picked up the win in relief.

Austin Kirk gave up three runs on seven hits over three innings in Boise’s 12-5 loss to Everett. Arismendy Alcantara hit his second homer.

Austin Reed gave up one run on three hits over four innings but did not get a decision in Mesa’s 7-6 win over the Athletics. Blair Springfield homered for Mesa.

— Carrie Muskat

7/16 Minor matters

Bobby Scales homered and drove in three runs in Iowa’s 7-6, 10-inning loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday. The two teams combined for 29 hits, including 16 by the Iowa Cubs. Casey Coleman gave up four runs on five hits over four innings. Ty Wright and Matt Camp each had three hits.

Rafael Dolis gave up two runs on three hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 15-5 win over Chattanooga. Dolis struck out five. It was his first win since being promoted to the Double-A team. Matt Spencer, Russ Canzler, Robinson Chirinos and Josh Vitters each homered for the Smokies. Chirinos had three hits and five RBIs.

Trey McNutt gave up one unearned run on two hits over five innings in Daytona’s 4-2 win over Fort Myers. McNutt struck out five. Kyler Burke had three hits including his sixth homer. Michael Brenly extended his hitting streak to 14 games and was batting .434 during the streak. His father, Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly, is in town this week. No word on whether he’ll stay as long as the hitting streak continues.

Nick Struck threw six shutout innings in Peoria’s 3-1 win over Dayton. Struck struckout nine and gave up three hits.

Jesus Morelli and Richard Jones each homered to help Boise beat Salem-Keizer, 10-7. Matt Szczur extended his hitting streak to seven games with three hits. He’s batting .429 during his streak.

Hunter Ackerman gave up three runs on one hit and two walks in 1/3 of an inning and took the loss in Mesa’s 12-6 loss to the Brewers. Jake McAloose and Sergio Burruel each homered.

— Carrie Muskat